Friday Favorites.

i. As of a mom of 5 kids, you can only imagine how our house is overflowing with Halloween candy every way you look. Literally, bedrooms, kitchen, and yes, even the laundry room. I used to be a candy lover of all kinds, but over the years my sweet tooth has started to fade, which I am totally okay with. However, I still love me some good ole’ M&M’s, but not just regular M&M’s, cooked M&M’s. I throw one of those fun size bags in the microwave for 20 second and I have the best, crunchy, slightly melted treat I have ever tasted. You should try it…you’ll never look at M&M’s the same.

ii. Iowa Hawkeyes. If you know me at all, you know I’m from Iowa and I’m a HUGGGEEE Hawkeye fan. Although I am still recovering from our Wisconsin loss, I am relishing in our Michigan State win and very hopeful for the rest of our season. I think they’ve been playing so well over the past few years that people may actually start recognizing the name of state. Seriously. It’s smack dab in the middle of the USA and we do not grow potatoes…for all of those who so easily confuse us with Idaho. The Hawkeyes are so cool we even have our own fan club right here in good ole’ Fort Myers at Ron Daos (http://www.rondaos.com/). I love nothing better than just hanging out here with family, wearing our black and gold and cheering on the best team in the Big 10. 🙂

(If you don’t already know, the front of my car and my sister’s car look just like the picture below, thanks to our daddy. :))

iii. God.

a.  I recognize I am so undeserving, yet He has been so good and so faithful to me the past few years and months. Sometimes I just sit here in awe pondering all he has accomplished through me.  It has been the wildest of rides and without a doubt, God has had His hand all over it. I booked my first wedding within weeks of deciding to start my business. It hasn’t really slowed down since and in fact, just keeps getting busier. The way the calendar is looking right now, we did more than double our weddings in 2010 (compared to 2009) and could possibly double again in 2011. It’ such a blessing and I don’t take one ounce of it for granted. I feel like I am living a dream, getting to do something I am so passionate about and absolutely love.

b. Years ago I was extremely shy, quiet, and wouldn’t talk to anyone I didn’t know. In my own flesh, I could never have just met with potential clients without throwing up all over myself in nerves. I promise my sister can attest for me in this. She’s the type to say anything to anyone (oh, and the stories we have from childhood), and make instant friends with everyone while I was the older sister always telling her to stop, before running and hiding in embarrassment by her “big mouth”. It astonishes me that I can now not only have a “blind date” meeting with clients but also build friendships with “strangers” (my fabulous brides who I adore!!). God has been at work in my life and in my business and I just praise Him for all He has done and is doing. There is no way I could or would be where I am today without Him.

iv. My friends, Chris and Jenn, had their first baby last night. They’re the *adorable* couple in the video on my homepage. 🙂 What a blessed little boy to have parents who love him soooo much!! Honestly, one of my first memories of Jenn consist of her talking about the desires to be a mommy. Chris and Jenn, I hope you soak up every ounce of this most amazing time in your life!!

I hope you all have a great weekend enjoying the gorgeous weather!!!

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